By the SAS Group team
The Federal Department of Employment has released an Exposure Draft of a proposed Request for Tender for Employment Services 2015-2020. The purpose of this document is to obtain comments and feedback that will inform the Request for Tender and process for funding Employment Services 2015-2020.
The Government is investing $5.1 billion over the next three years in the Employment Services. The objectives are to better meet the needs of employers; increase Job Seeker activation by removing the option of passive welfare and introducing stronger Mutual Obligation requirements; increase job outcomes for unemployed Australians with specific targets for Indigenous Job Seekers and reduce service prescription and cut ‘red tape’.
The new model will commence from 1 July 2015.
The following provides a brief overview of the key factors outlined in the Department of Education's announcement. Click here for the SAS Group's full client brief on Employment Services 2015-2020.
1.Employment Providers (replacing the current Job Services Australia)
The Department will contract with Employment Providers for the delivery of services to assist eligible Job Seekers to find and keep a job.
2.Work for the Dole Coordinators
The Department will contract Work for the Dole Coordinators to help source Work for the Dole places suitable for the range of Job Seekers.
3.New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
The Department will contract NEIS Providers to provide a range of services to assist eligible Job Seekers to establish and run their own small business.
4.Harvest Labour Services and National Harvest Labour Information Services
The Department will contract Harvest Labour Services Providers to deliver services to horticultural producers in regions where they demonstrate that there is a need for out-of-area harvest workers. The Department will also contract a National Harvest Labour Information Service Provider to coordinate and distribute harvest labour information across Australia.
Key Information and Dates
The Department is conducting Information Sessions regarding the Exposure Draft. Key dates include:
- 30th July - Melbourne (9.30am – 12.30pm / 1.30pm – 4.30pm)
- 31st July – Brisbane (9.30am – 12.30pm / 1.30pm – 4.30pm)
- 31st July – Sydney (9.30am – 12.30pm / 1.30pm – 4.30pm)
- 1st August – Canberra (9.00am – 12 noon)
The Employment Services 2015-2020 Request for Tender will be released in late September 2014.
The information outlined above has been derived from the Australian Government Department of Employment Exposure Draft for Employment Services 2015-2020 Purchasing Arrangements. Click here for AusTender's full document.
Click here for the SAS Group's more detailed client brief on Employment Services 2015-2020.